Rediscovered after two centuries of neglect, Handel's Ariodante has been widely acclaimed as a masterpiece containing some of the composer’s most emotionally expressive arias. John Copley's 2008 production at the San Francisco Opera is heard on this edition of Saturday at the Opera.
A Scottish prince is betrayed by a deceitful duke in this compelling tale of passion, envy, greed, despair and ultimate triumph. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham returns in the title role, with Sonia Prina as the scheming Polinesso, and the return of Ruth Ann Swenson as Ginevra. Veteran director John Copley deftly negotiates the twists and turns of the story.
Ariodante: Susan Graham
Ginevra: Ruth Ann Swenson
Polinesso: Sonia Prina
Dalinda: Veronica Cangemi
Lurcanio: Richard Croft
The King of Scotland: Eric Owens
Odoardo: Andrew Bidlack
Polinesso's Squire: Anders Froehlich
Conductor: Patrick Summers
Director: John Copley
Approximate running time: 3 hours, 15 min including two intermissions
Sung in Italian with English supertitles